The South College Asheville Physician Assistant program officially launched with the first class of 84 students pursuing a Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

“We have eagerly anticipated welcoming the first group of students in the Physician Assistant program in Asheville,” says South College Chancellor Steve South. “Our team is committed to developing these students through our comprehensive student support system, course instruction, and clinical training to help communities through the addition of qualified health professionals.” 

The South College Physician Assistant Program previously earned provisional accreditation status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for its master’s program in Physician Assistant Studies. This is the accreditation status initially awarded to new programs.

The Commission is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining standards for education and evaluating programs in the United States to ensure compliance.

Enrollment is open for the next cohort, which starts in January 2024. The program can be completed in as little as 27 months, with 15 months in didactic instruction followed by 12 months in supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs). 

South College students who qualify for financial aid have access to various programs, as do members of the U.S. military, veterans, and their families. The institution offers both student and career services.

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